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was 12 years old. terrorizing people and community, eluding police and developing a cult following in the process, but today, finally, at 19 years old, the barefoot bandit behind bars. and how one small act of kindness can last for decades and change lives in the process. this hour, one man's personal story of inspiration and how he is now inspiring others. new developments to tell you about when it comes to the gulf of mexico. bp is inching closer to getting a new cap on its gushing well and it could be in place as early as wednesday. just a couple days from now. on the surface, one mile above, a large oil collection ship is in place. once its operational and the cap is in place, bp will have the capacity to capture all the oil spewing from the ocean bottom. the ship known as the helix produces, designs and easily connects and disconnects from the well in case of bad weather but first, they muffin stall the
new cap. we've been following all the developments. what's going on right now, vivian? >> two big crucial elements. the first, like you're talking about, they're lowering this spool, it's this giant spool that's more than a story tall. it's more than 15,000 pounds and share slowly lowering it in place over the well head. now, the second big element we're talking about is the start-up of a big oil recovery ship. this is how they expect to collect more oil than they ever have before. >> so, listen, in the meantime, the oil is flowing freely, so how is bp? are they doing anything to counteract that? >> they are. they are amazing the worlds largest deployment of skimmers. this is 48 skimmers right at the well site. they're sucking up the oil, more than 25,000 barrels yesterday. >> 25,000, still how much do they expect to capture? 25,000, is that going to guest most of it, all of it? >> should be all offis. they're talking 60,000 to 80,000
barrels, more than triple what they're doing now. >> vivian kuo, watching all the developments and everything that's going on in the gulf of mexico. as the oil continues to flow, $20 billion fund, that fund to help victims, has yet to be tapped. the man in charge of giving out the money spoke to candy crowley on today's state of the union, kenneth feinberg, says he plans to have the independent compensation program running by the first week of august. >> reporter: you found that people are not as, you know, let's all line up and get some money. >> oh, no. one of the big challenges convincing people to file a claim. mr. feinberg, i only get paid in cash. i'm afraid to file a claim. are you going to be sending all of my information that i provide you to the irs? i mean, i don't -- i'm not sure about what are your intentions? no, no, no, this is not easy to convince people that some new program will help them.
it takes some work. >> feinberg also told our candy crowley the program will give victims up to six months of emergency funding without requiring they sign some sort of waiver promising they won't sue bp. bp reportedly is trying to unload $12 billion worth of assets, including its big stake in alaska's prudhoe bay bay oil field field. the newspaper says bp is talking with the houston-based apache corporation. apache tells cnn it has no comment on any potential sales talks. a sale would be a way for bp to raise money to help bp pay for the gulf oil spill. another big story, the arrest of the barefoot bandit. he's only 19 years old but already a career criminal with a rap sheet beginning at age 12. his ability lewd authorities made him an outlaw folk hero of sorts. his facebook page has 66,000 fans cheering his every
exploits. the long run from the law ened this morning in the bahamas after high-speed chase in a stolen boat. our national correspondent, susan candiotti, joins us now from new york. how did they catch him? >> reporter: it turns out the barefoot bandit is flat-footed after all. after two years hot run, it looks like he picked the wrong place to hide out. it's a small island in the bahamas where everybody knows everyone and it's also home to the -- to celebrities and even the well heeled. police say he stole a couple of boats. you saw a little video of that just a moment ago, including that 32-foot boat that he allegedly stole and the police shut out the engines on the boat. you can see the bullet holes in it. in fact, to make sure he didn't get away. police also told the owner of the boat, william sport, that at one point, he was holding a gun up to his head and police were able to talk him out of it to put the gun down.
this is what police said about the capture. >> acting on information received from members of the public, the police responded to a sighting of the suspect in harbor island. the suspect, in an every to evade capture, engaged local police in a high-speed chase by boat in waters leading to the eleuthra area. after a briefcase, the suspect was taken into custody without incident. police officers were able to confiscate a firearm and other items of evidential val you've. >> last week, he was linked to a stolen plane in indiana and then the u.s. coastguard tracked that plane because of a beacon on it, and they found it in the bahamas and the fbi put out the word to be on the lookout for him. it worked. >> listen, colton harris-moore, how did he become so renowned? how do become a criminal at 12 years old?
>> reporter: as you said, came from, i guess, a tough family. his mother said to live in a mobile home park and he was a juvenile delinquent. he got into trouble. he wound up pleading guilty to a series of burglaries and break-ins. they sent him to a group home. he escaped and then he was on the run. somehow, he managed to steal a plane in idaho and fly it back to his home state of washington and crashed it. he went on, there were three other states involved. he stole yet another plane, allegedly, and as you said, he almost became a cult figure. he did become a cult figure to a lot of them, 66,000 people on facebook, there were videos of him on youtube and someone has sold the rights to his story. his mother told our cnn affiliate, she wanted him to turn himself him but she said she was very proud that he taught himself how to fly. >> okay. what's next, then, here, susan,
extradition to the u.s.? is that going to happen? is that possible? >> reporter: well, it is possible, certainly, but there's no timetable. i talked with the fbi about it. first, he has to go through the system in the bahamas as well where he is also linked or suspected in the case of a number of break-ins there. and so, he will -- he's expected to be arraigned in the bahamas sometime later this week and then we'll have to see. we'll hear more from the fbi tomorrow about what happens next. >> i don't know what it is, i guess maybe it's everything, you know, him being -- becoming a criminal at 12 years old, having a cult on following, all of it, i'm fascinated by the story. keep digging, susan. if you're getting more information, we'll have you back. straight ahead on cnn -- >> i don't think our troops on the battlefield should have to keep notes just in case they need to apply for a claim. >> taking care of our wounded warriors. president barack obama announces changes to ensure our men and women in uniform get the care they need once they're home.
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of veterans affairs will announce a new streamlined process tomorrow designed to make it easier for vets to get help for ptsd. how will three things? will it make any difference here? the current process requires vets to document a specific event that could have triggered ptsd. under the new rules, vets will only need to prove they were in a war zone and worked in the position where traumatic events could have happened. let's bring in dr. mark goldsten, he's a strick and expert. good to see you again today. we're talking about a different stoppic yesterday. this one equally if not more important than that one. do you think these changes will make it easier for veterans to get the help they need? >> i certainly hope so. i've got to tell you, i i'm so thrilled if i was tom cruise, i would jump up and down on oprah's sofa right now if this news comes through and passes because i think it is very difficult for soldiers to get the treatment they need because want one thing to keep in mind
is men have trouble, average men have trouble asking for help and soldiers have a lot more trouble asking for help and then, when you're questioned, when you're told that you need help and humiliation is so huge and embarrassment is so offensive, you see why soldiers don't reach out to get help. >> what do you mean, it's so huge the stigma and embarrassment? >> most men have trouble asking for help. >> you're not saying that the military makes it harder for people to come, are you? >> well, i think it's a don't ask/don't tell because once you start to ask for help for mental-related problems, what happens is, it's not as clear treating those as an infection or something you need surgery for and also, you don't know what is the proper treatment and so, i think what happens is, the military doesn't want you to reach out for help, even though they say something opposite, because it can be so involved and a lot of soldiers don't want to reach out to admit that they
need help, especially something that has to do with their psychological toughness and fitness. there's a real sense of humiliation if you have to reach out for that. >> even outside of the military, people don't like to admit they have issues when it comes to mental issues, so to speak. inside the military, montrealer group, i'm sure, and the horrors these people see. one can only imagine. you can't imagine unless you've been there, doctor. >> it's horrible. i feel honored because one of my partners is a lieutenant general marty steele and who was the equivalent of the coo for the marines and together, we're working on a transition program and i fell in love with general steele when i first met him because a lot of what he does is he talks to soldiers and he listens to them and he drills down, what's going on, son? what's going on, soldier? and what they'll do, once he listens that deeply, they'll say, i see things. i did bad things. and when i close my eyes, i see them more clearly. so, sir, i don't close my eyes very much. >> yeah, so then --
>> then, what general steele does, he forgives them. he's quite remarkable. >> i would imagine you think on both sides, member don't want to come forward. you don't think they have been very well served that they get back. how do we fix this? how do we get people to come forward and get the military to do better? i think what you need is you need some early adopters. people who are known to be real men and real heroes to talk about how they have ptsd and how they got treatment and how it helped them. i think you need those people because without them, what's going to happen is there are still going to be the resistance to reaching out for help. >> listen, what do you think? do you think the professional community, your professional community, can do more to help as well? >> absolutely. i gave a presentation in st. louis that went poorly and it's because the soldiers there told me, you know, you haven't served and you're a psychiatrist and no offense, doc, we don't
like psychiatrists because many of them are residents who are not going to treat us after they finish. many of them answer their cell phones. some of them crew gum and i promised them that i would one day get a forum, which is right now, to apologize for many of the people in my profession for treating them that way because they deserve better. >> very gig of -- >> they sacrificed for you and me. >> very big of you to admit and we thank you for coming. we hope the president's program works and the number we give out for people to get help. thank you, dr. mark goldsten. one college promises if you get a dreg you'll get a job or get your money back. the offer is paying off for the school. the grim sleep are, the nickname given to the killer of nearly a dozen people in los angeles over two decades. we're going inside the lab. can i eat heart healthy without giving up taste?
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charged with week. police used the dna of his family member. we have an exclusive look at the lab that helped crack this case. >> reporter: behind these doors, at the department of justice crime lab in richmond, california, forensic investigators solved a landmake cold case that could change the way police investigations are conducted. we went inside for an exclusive look at the new dna technology that led detectives to an elusive killer dubbed, "the grim sleeper." it was the 1980s, a serial killer was terrorizing south los angeles. most of his victims were young african-american women, some had been shot with the sam same .25-caliber firearm. some had been strangled, some sexually assaulted. their bodies dumped in alleys. over the years, los angeles police would follow numerous leads that went nowhere. in 1988 after an murders and an attack on a potential ninth victim that got away, the
killings stopped. then, nearly 15 years later, the grim sleeper would strike again. who was he? where was he hide something police would have to wait another two decades to find the answers. >> we have about 1.5 million samples stortd in the laboratory. >> reporter: a critical piece of the puzzle would be found here, in the third largest dna repository in the world. california has been collecting dna from convicted felons since 2004. police had the serial killer's dna from the crime scenes. was it possible he was here as well. >> we're on the cutting edge of this technology. >>. >> reporter: they say forensic scientists developed a powerful investigate ev weapon called the familial dna search program. they can find similarities between crime scene dna and the dna of a convicted felon. if a killer's dna is not in the database, maybe a relative's is in that. >> his only convicted defenders we're comparing to, not
arrestees. >> reporter: two years ago, detectives ran the killer's dna searching for a link. no match. then a break. they entered a dna of a man convicted of a felony weapons charge. his name was christopher franklin. months later, they ran the grim sleeper's killer's dna hoping for a match to a family member. they got it. detectives zeroed in on christopher franklin's father, 57-year-old lonnie david franklin, who lived in south los angeles within walking distance to one of the victims, 18-year-old alisha monique alexander. at one time, the man described as a polite neighbor even worked as a garage attendant for los angeles police. detectives were confident they found their man but before they could close in, they would need a sample of his dna. with franklin under surveillance, they picked up a piece of uneaten pizza crust along with some eating utensils. police sent it all to the lab. soon after, they say, they had a
match between franklin and the dna found on victims. >> going forward, this will be a very important investigative tool for police everywhere where we have a serious crime where we have no further leads. >> reporter: as city leaders and los angeles police announce what they believe will be the end of the grim sleeper's reign of terror, the victims' families cheered. but it was a bittersweet moment for the brothers of 18-year-old alisha monique alexander. who carried her frayed picture for 22 years. thelma gutierrez, cnn, los angeles. top stories right now. spain is the new world cup champion. spaniards defeated the netherlands 1-0 by scoring with four minutes of extra time remaining. it's spain's first world cup title. it makes spain the first team to be european champion and world
cup champion at the same time. they're partying in madrid and they should be. we're going to take you there live. in about ten minutes. the man affectionately known as the voice of god at yankee stadium has died. >> ladies and gentlemen, welcome to yankee stadium. >> it was bob sheppard's booming voice ta called out the yankee lineup over the p.a. system for 57 years. he died today at his home at the age of 99. nice long life. he began his career in 1951 and introduced all the yankees heroes until working his last season in 2007 when his health weakened. he also was the announcer for the nfl new york giants for 50 years. powerful thunderstorms stranded motorists and knocked out power in kansas city today. heavy ranges flooded part of northbound i-35 and several
other roads. gusting winds also knocked down trees and power lines. crews are trying to restore power to 18,000 homes and businesses. get a job or get your money back. that is the one of a kind offer being made by michigan community college, in a state hard hit by economic layoffs. it's attracting students waiting to learn new schools skills. our dan simon has our "building up america" report. >> reporter: eric gibbs worked as a roofer. >> bring it down. >> reporter: george an assembly line worker at gm. both now unemployed in the state of michigan. >> when i got laid off from my roofing company job, i searched for probably a good six months straight nonstop. >> reporter: equally bad luck for george who at 56, has it even harder with employers. >> it became clear the jobs i wanted weren't out there. the skill set that i concern have. i needed a different skill set for the work i want to do. >> reporter: then came along an offer that sounded almost too good to be true. and it came from the most unusual of places.
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with disdain because i'm very jealous, he is in johannesburg with all the excitement. he joins us now by phone, you're at the final game and i hear you're hobnobbing with super celebrities, mr. velshi. >> charlize theron, the actress, was in the booth right next to me in the area where i was sitting, next to me. we don't know each other all that well, or at all, for that matter. we were both there to watch this game and, don, it was remarkable, a soccer game in normal time is 90 minutes. they always go a little bit long, but this thing, no score, at 90 minutes. little bit of extra time they allowed. then the referee announced two extra 15-minute periods. the first 15-minute went through, nobody had scored. then, more than 110 minutes into this match, spain scored, as you say, the only goal. this was spain and the netherlands, neither had ever won a world cup and spain wins that thing after 110 minutes. that was the only goal.
long game but finally over in and a brand-new world cup champion. >> explain to me and our viewers this picture we're looking at. didn't you see "seinfeld" about the body painters, the face painters? didn't you see that episode? >> reporter: yeah, i didn't do it for this game. but for the semifinal match in capetown, which was holland versus uruguay, i walked by and i couldn't resist it. don, in our business, we have to wear makeup, i'm used to having somebody apply something to my face. i'm not sure that's an ideal look for me. >> i don't think i've ever looked better. >> reporter: it accent waits my nose, which i'm concerned. they say your nose and ears guess bigger while the rest of you shrinks. very, very interesting about this world cup, i leave very pleased about one thing. south africa, you heard this, don, there were a lot of naysayers, they said this place has too much violence, that those stadiums they built were not up to par and a lot of people thought there was going
to be a problem. very, very, very heavy security. more than i've ever seen at a sporting event in my life, but i have to tell you, 31-game -- 31 days, 65 games, everything went off largely without a hitch. >> here's what i want to ask you, here's what i want to ask you, this is the important question, just being there when this happened, explain to us what it was like being there. >> reporter: well, you know, 85,000 people roughly, you know, they got these vuvuzelas everybody blows, so it sounds like bees buzzing all the time. take the super bowl or some great college football and the world cup and put it all, and the world series and put it all together. it is just absolutely electric. fantastic, fantastic game. the world is involved and the pregame, before the game, there was a, the official closing ceremonies for the world cup and it was just so fantastic to watch. this is the great event where, for a few, you know, months we forget some of the world's problems and just realize, in
fact, there are things the world can get along about and come together for. what a fantastic celebration. i just, i'm glad everybody got to see it and i just hope that this kind of tradition continues to bring us together as opposed to all those things that keep us apart. >> very well said, ali velshi. everybody needs a little fun and to get along. thank you very much. i'll be tweeting with you. it's at ali velshi, right? >> reporter: that's right. thanks for covering my own show so i can be down here and covering the world cup. >> yeah, whatever. let's tweet, and you can go to at don lemon and we'll tweet about the world cup and alley's experience. be safe, enjoy and i'm really just joking around. not jealous and actually happy you got to go -- kind of. this was a sight many in spain dreamed of, their national team winning the world cup trophy and a lot of people will be partying until dawn to
celebrate their country's first ever world cup title. don is in the spanish capital of madrid. oh, my gosh, don, what is that crowd like? looks like the streets are clearly out but looks like pandemonium in a good way. >> reporter: it's been an absolutely fantastic day here in madrid. this win means so much to people. this street was absolutely packed, but given the game ended 90 minutes ago, the fans are still streaming down the road. i don't know where they're going to but i can tell you one thing, they're not going to bed. tomorrow will not be much of a workday in spain. >> all right, don, thank you very much. we appreciate it. we'll go from spain now back here to the united states. our sports business analyst mr. rick horrow has been following the world cup closely. some people in this country lost interest when the u.s. bowed out but what about the viewership
overall compared to football, basketball, baseball here. >> reporter: i'm a little jealous about the johannesburg trip but i'm now in newark heading for scotland for the british golf open. we'll do that next week, so there are major international events all over the world this month. as for your question, 1 billion viewers today, 15 million americans, watched the ghana match last week and has not lot by international standards. it's bigger than the masters, bigger than the final four, bigger than both championship series, not as big as the super bowl. but the question is, does the excitement wear off? hopefully not, we can build on it. in december, fifa awards the 2018 and 2022 world comes and it may be the united states that gets one of those. if it is, they're back in the momentum saddle again. >> we have seen interest spike in the u.s. after other world cups and then seen it taper off. any signs this will be different with this particular one?
>> reporter: yeah, because of the excitement. i think the commissioner of major league soccer said, people now understand soccer. the game was 1, alley talked about it, that it was exciting and for south africa, by the way, they're talking about a 25% increase in gdp for americans. they saw a very exciting game and most people who say, soccer is boring. they can't say that after that game, i guarantee. >> i enjoyed watching it but i'm so glad i don't have to pass a television and hear that awful sound. i know people love it but that five view zeal a, that grates after a little bit. >> reporter: let me tell you a little quickly, i hope they don't bring that out at the british open where i'm covering that. can you imagine the golfers? they're not going to allow those in. >> i hope they bring it just for you, thank you, rick. we've all seen the ads that say, a dollar a day can feed a child in need. just a few more dollars can give them a good education. you might have wondered if children in third world
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the barefoot bandit is behind bars. police in the bahamas captured colton harris-moore early this morning after a high-speed boat chase. officers had to shoot out the motors of this boat. he had been on the run for two years after a lengthy crime spree in the pacific northwest. he arrived in the bahamas last weekend in a stolen plane. in the gulf of mexico, bp hopes to have its new and improved containment cap in place as early as wednesday. the device is designed to completely seal the broken well so that all the well can be collected by a fleet of surface ships. lance armstrong hopes to win an eighth tour de france came to a crashing halt today. he saw precious time lost when he got caught in three crashes in today's stage of a steep alpine mountain. he crossed the finish line 11:45
behind the day's winner and is in 39th place in overall standings p. millions of soccer fans have been watching the world cup but in singapore, an unlikely group of players competed for the world soccer title of a different kind. deborah feyerick has the story of today's "edge of do of re." >> reporter: ever want to bend it like beckham? how about r2d2. at robo cup, teams compete in soccer matches with robots. a group played in singapore. >> people look at this game and say, why robots? there are challenges that go through the fundamentals of robotics. it's the competition that drives research forward. >> reporter: how do the robots play soccer? the students build the robot from scratch and create the software to make them think. they see through two cameras
above the field. these images then feed into an external computer, the robot's brain, to decide the next move. they can deliver a flat kick and even a chip kick. >> in robot soccer, you have to see the physics of the world. there's a lot of uncertainty. >> reporter: another group of students creates programming for humanoid robots. they use a wireless system to communicate. >> when the robot hears, it sends a message, hey, i follow the ball over here and they decide who will be the attacker. >> reporter: the goal is to create a team of robots that can beat a human team by the year 2050. >> robots in general are going to be really important over the next decade and robot soccer is really going to be used to develop the theories. one small act that pays off in a big way. how an american woman's generosity has helped a kenyan student achieve a distinguished degree. we're talking to a filmmaker who was so touched by the story that
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when you can't sleep or you're coming back from, you know, hanging out or something or from dinner and those late-night ads, they're pleading for you to help needy children in a remote country. hbo is going to give you the follow-up you rarely hear about what happens to the child after the money is donated. if you donated to any of those organizations. hbo's new documentary, "a small act," airs tomorrow. here's part of it. >> a woman walked into my life and totally changes it. if i'd not been sponsored by hi hilda, i do not believe i would have made it to harvard so i started a foundation to support. children from families. >> so hilda gave the man who spoke $15 a month to sponsor his education when he was a young boy in kenya. that small act, that small act, jennifer arnold, heard -- you couldn't ignore that and because of that, you decided to talk about what his story and what's
going on. you're the director and producer of this documentary. so, how did $15 a month turn into a harvard law degree for him? >> the thing that happened is that he couldn't afford to go to primary school because at that time, even primary school cost money in kenya. so, he was a top student but because he couldn't afford it, he got kicked out. because he was sponsored by this woman helda beck, he could stay in primary school, he did really well. he got to secondary school. he got a scholarship to stay in secondary school or high school, if you're an american, went to university of nairobi, which is free in kenya, or it was at this time. now it costs money. then he got to harvard and got a fulbright to pay for that. now he's doing i was this work around the world. his classmates who was just as smart as he was and didn't get sponsored, they're still in the village and picking coffee. that one small donation changed the course of his life. >> you see these and to be quite honest, they're on a lot. you see them in the middle of the night, it's like wallpaper. you walk wake up and turn the
television on and these ads are on and you wander, are there people who have not given? and you wonder if the money goes where it's intended to go and now you see it here with chris. are all these organizations legitimate? does the money go to the it's supposed to go to? >> it's important to investigate. it's started by kenyans. it's run by kenyans. it's people who know the money needs to go to the students. and there's other organizations that may not be as legitimate. you can go to our website. asmallact.com. of all the charities you may want to support, who gives most of the money to the kids in need? how much money is spent on overhead? there is a way to check. some aren't legitimate. this one is for sure.
that's a success story. there are other people you can point to as well by giving a small amount of money. >> you meet these kids. they're in little villages. they're in kenya. you have no idea what their potential may be. chris went to harvard. he's a united nations lawyer. he's invested his life into fighting genocide. his cousin went to harvard. she's working for the united nations. there's millions of kids out there with potential. they need a chance to go to school. it's been airing at film festivals. i understand you got some surprising responses. it led to a charity website where people can pick a small act to do on their own. >> we were just hoping people would like the film. but the audiences went way
beyond that. they started handing cash and checks to chris. today wanted to do their own small act. $90,000 was donated over the ten days of the sundance film festival. hbo wanted to continue the action and allow ways to do their own small acts. it's network for good dot-come. backslash a small act. you can search by zip cope for any organization in your neighborhood you may want to support. search by keyword. put in education, environment, africa. after the broadcast, which is tomorrow, if you go to the facebook page for documentaries, they're giving away gift cards. you can do your own small act. it will make a difference. >> i think i'm going to go there right after this and do that.
>> please do. >> very interesting. you have big supporters. impressive fans here. billionaires including bill gates, plus secretary general. how did they help you out? >> well, gailts saw the film at sundance. we heard he cried after the movie. we don't know if he's helped out. there's been a lot of anonymous donations in the fund. we know he enjoyed the film. we had a screening and partnership with the united nations. he is the secretary general. and yesterday harry bellefont. we're waiting for oprah to see it. if you know oprah, get her to see the movie. >> i'll call her up or send her a tweet. >> please call her for us. >> one small act. it airs tomorrow night on hbo. really appreciate it. thanks so much. answering the call to save a threatened species. the risky attempt to rescue
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oil have spilled into the gulf of mexico. with numbers that big, some of the gulf's tiniest creatures don't have a shot of survival at all. that's why band of biologists felt they had to step in to save dozens of turtles. cnn's brooke baldwin has their story. >> there's one. >> one by one, and very carefully. biologists pluck turtle eggs from their nest within the white sands of florida's gulf coast. >> you may want to think it a little bit about being a surgeon. you have to have steady hands. be very careful. you have to think about each and every move you do with the egg, and every egg is individual. >> they place them egg by egg, 107 in total, into a new home for now. this cooler. this is where stheez sea turtles will eventually hatch. they are being released into the water. the purpose of this process saved this threatened species from near certain death. the oil looming in the gulf.
aren't you nervous about their chances of survival? >> absolutely. like i said, this is something we would never, ever normally allow or even condone. it's something we hope to never have to do again. we feel the risk is so high of mortality, that we feel like this is the best option. >> reporter: 90% of the nation's sea turtles from florida according to the u.s. fish and wildlife service. 700 nests hatch here on the state's panhandle alone. according to tom strickland, assistant secretary of the interior, removing this number of eggs this late in the incubation process is unprecedented. there are multiple risks at play here. in their chances of survival. starting with pulling them out of the sand. >> right. >> it's rarely attempted to take the eggs so close to hatching.
the reason we waited this long is we want them to imprint with their natural geography as much and as long as they could. >> reporter: every movement another risk, removing the soft shell eggs from the sand, placing them in a specially designed truck donated by fed-ex and driving them to kennedy space center seven and a half hours away. nasa will keep them until they're ready to hatch. then it's up to nature to take its course on the atlantic coast where wildlife experts hope to preserve the species. >> does it make you angry at bp? >> obviously we are not at all happy with the situation. this is not just affecting this year's production. they use the waters